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Film Review (Kind of): “Cats Are Poor Dumb Things”

Image from Best Buy The Postman Always Rings Twice is a film starring Lana Turner and John Garfield and was released in 1946. We are once again exposed to the gritty underbelly of the city of Los Angeles. The two protagonists are dreamers desperately clinging to lives they think they deserve, and ultimately become embroiled […]
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A Film Review: Knives Out (2019)

Knives Out is a mystery film released in September 2019 by Lionsgate Films, directed by Rian Johnson, produced by Ram Bergman, and starring Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, and Christopher Plummer. Synopsis: A wealthy, mystery fiction writer, Harlan Thrombey, is found dead in his study the night after his 85th birthday celebration, which […]
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Book Review: “States of Grace” by Mandy Miller (2021)

            “States of Grace” by Mandy Miller is the author’s debut novel.  In full disclosure, the author is one of my dearest friends, but I’ve attempted to eliminate all bias from this review.  Luckily this was not difficult because the novel is a delicious romp through the strangeness of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s criminal and judicial landscape.  “States of […]
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Book Review: The Likeness by Tana French (2008)

Warning: Contains Spoilers At its best The Likeness by Tana French is a richly described mystery that offers both suspense and a memorable group of troubled personalities. The five graduate students, who along with Detective Cassie Maddox, are at the center of the story, form a cult-like group while living in Whitethorn, an Edwardian mansion […]
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Film Review: Double Indemnity (1973)

Billy Wilder’s production of Double Indemnity in 1944 is an acknowledged classic—indeed it sets the standard—of the genre of film noir. Alas, compared to its equally dark and dramatic contemporaries like The Maltese Falcon and Citizen Kane, the first incarnation of Double Indemnity stands in stark contrast to its 1973 spawn by the same name. […]
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Book Review – Down The River Unto the Sea; Walter Mosley, 2018

“Down The River Unto The Sea” by Walter Mosely, 2018 First, let me say that I loved this book. Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosely is a gripping noir with language that is, if not truly hard-boiled, at least overcooked – and I mean that in a good way. Our hero, Joe […]
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Film Review: Knives Out (2019)

A modern twist on the classic whodunnit? Knives Out is a 2019 mystery film, written and directed by Rian Johnson. Film Review by Sarah Jimenez Synopsis: On the morning after his 85th birthday party, wealthy mystery novelist, Harlan Thrombey, is found dead in his study. His throat is slit and the weapon is in his […]
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10 Mystery Novels To Prepare For THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW Movie

REPOSTED FROM: https://bookriot.com/2020/03/20/books-like-the-woman-in-the-window/ By Silvana Reyes Lopez Mar 20, 2020 Up next? The Woman in the Window, this May. It’s the newest mystery-thriller adaptation we are seeing on the big screen. Recently my favorite picture is definitely Knives Out, directed and written by Rian Johnson. That movie was a delicious treat of well-written material and […]
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Book Review: Lady in The Lake, by Laura Lippman, New York, NY: William Morrow 2019

Book Review by Bianca Blengino   The Lady in the Lake is a noir piece by Laura Lippman. The setting is the city of Baltimore in 1966, a time of shifting societal norms around race and gender. Madeline “Maddie” Schwartz makes her own change by leaving a seemingly happy marriage to create an independent passion […]
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House of Games: My Favorite Movie, Even If You Haven’t Heard of It

 House of Games is not the solving of a single mystery or the capturing of an individual.   It is a movie that presents continual intrigue because the viewer is constantly questioning which elements are genuine expression from the characters and which are parts of an intricate con.  The criminals wear many facades and disguises, expertly hidden from […]
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